International Women’s Day is a day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration and a demonstration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911, so this year, 2012 is the 101 year anniversary of this significant day. As it is our second year of ministry, we at Precious Women were so proud to celebrate it again and raise up Womens Rights in keeping with our vision.
Cambodia (Kingdom of Wonder) is a developing country and it’s also a home to so much oppression and degradation of women. Things are rapidly changing in Cambodia from one day to another and things for the women are starting to improve too as some of the old traditional cultures are starting to change. With these changes taking place, gender roles are also shifting and progress is slowly being made towards equality but there is still much work to be done. Traditionally, women in Cambodia live to serve and provide for their families and there is limited access to education and there are scarce opportunities for dignifying jobs. At this time, the younger generation is pushing towards freedom, establishment and modernity. As a result of this pressure to get a job and provide for their families, many young women end up working in beer gardens, bars or brothels.
OUR OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT
Precious Women Ministry is a Christian organization which reaches out to disadvantaged and vulnerable women who are working at a KBB (Karaoke bar, Beer garden, Brothel) to promote value and dignity through providing counseling, job opportunities and life skills. On Women’s Day, we received a donation from Love 146 to buy and print 100 t-shirts and we packed the t-shirts to hand out to the women. These t-shirts were handed out to 59 women in 5 different karaoke bars in Phnom Penh. In each pack we included a t-shirt, a card, encouraging notes and information about Precious Women Ministry. Over 15 local volunteers joined us for this occasion and we went out in teams to the different KBB’s. The women and managers were very surprised and it meant a lot to them that we were there on such an important day. Some of the women were unaware of their rights and had never been treated as valuable before. Precious Women Ministry impacted the lives of many vulnerable women that night by showing them they have not been forgotten. Many women excitedly told volunteers, “Today is my day and I feel very special because of all of you!”
Thanks to all of you for all you do for this ministry. Your continued prayers and support keep this ministry going. God bless you!